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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 7, 1998)
  • Original Release Date: 1980
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Polygram Mercury Records
  • ASIN: B00000612T
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,204 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. By Myself
2. In Trouble Again
3. Where Will They Run?
4. I Found Love
5. There's Nothing Better
6. Out Of Control
7. Words
8. You Better Run
9. My Life
10. Feel Like Letting Go
11. Bonus Track

Editorial Reviews

CD has 10 songs. Produced by David Wolfert. Distributed by Mercury Records

Customer Reviews

This album is truly phenomenal.
Sean Parauka
Peter Criss is an another world when putting this album together.
9-1 siccness
It's so boring, so dull, so lifeless, much like the music.
Kerch Thomas

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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By L. B. Ivarsson on May 5, 2004
Format: Audio CD
When each member of Kiss recorded their own personal solo album back in 1978, Peter Criss' sounded very different from the traditional Kiss approach. One might suspect that the opportunity to record those songs made Criss realize that he actually could continue doing his own thing. Criss left Kiss after another two albums, and in 1980 he released his first album without any connection to the super group Kiss. "OUT OF CONTROL" sounds rather similar to the "Kiss solo effort", and Criss blend different musical styles like rock, pop, soul, and disco in a very attractive way. Peter Criss' rough voice works very well, either if it's slow ballads like "By myself" (with the honest lyrics: "By myself / Starting over again / By myself / Looks like this time I'm on my own"), melodic pop sounding tunes like "My life" or more rocking numbers such as "Out of control". This is a fine collection of great songs with connection to both the previous "KISS SOLO ALBUM" and follow up "LET ME ROCK YOU" (the best album from Peter criss).
Gene Simmons (ruler of the Kiss empire) describes Peter Criss (in the book "Kiss and make up") as a person who lack talent regarding everything from writing songs, playing the drums to singing. One might wonder why Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley hired Peter Criss in the first place back in the early 1970's... Just listen to "OUT OF CONTROL" and decide for yourself which one of Criss and Simmons who has the most talent. If you want to take a shot at this good album, be sure you don't end up with the version released on the obscure record company (?) "Beth records" because that one is in fact a bootleg - just a copied vinyl with poor sound.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Sean Parauka on February 17, 2005
Format: Audio CD
In 1978, when KISS released the four solo albums from each member, Peter Criss created an album unlike any KISS album ever heard. He created an album that was all Peter. The album was born out of his childhood inspirations such as R&B and 50s Rock and Roll. That album was superior and was a genuine album from the Catman. Then in 1980 after Peter Criss's departure from KISS, he did it again. He created the first album of his solo career. This album picks up right where 1978's solo album left off. It contains the same spirit, same wonderful vocals, the perfect mixture of pop, rock, loveable ballads, and rockin and rollin tunes. It's everything that Peter Criss 1978 was and this time Peter did even better. This is the Cat's Meow!

The opening song is the heartfelt and loving ballad, "By Myself." This song is about Peter now out on his own away from KISS and starting all over again and on his own again. The song is very well acoustically written and Peter sings this song with such a loving and passionate manner that will make you cry. The next track, "In Trouble Again" a heavy rocker with a momentus array of piano, brass and guitars mixed with Peter's cathcy vocals and "Where Will They Run" has an intro that sounds similar to KISS's 1979 hit, "Sure Know Something" and this song is slower than the previous track but is definitely a soothing tune. The next track, "I Found Love" is in the same vein with 1978s, "Rock Me, Baby." It has very catchy vocals and a rockin and rollin sound that makes you wanna get up and dance. Then "There's Nothin Better" is pretty much "I Found Love" Part II. The lyrics are in the same area and continuing with finding love and singing that there is no one better than each other.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 29, 1998
Format: Audio CD
Out of Control is Peter Criss' ticket to freedom. Finally unchained from the shackles that KISS kept on his creativity, the album showcases the diversity of his songwriting. Out of Control opens with the soft orchestrated ballad, By Myself, featuring the line "By myself/ Starting over again/ By myself/ Looks like this time I'm on my own". Obviously this line is meant as a cry of freedom. This is a very nice song. Violins and cellos echo behind Peter's vocals to create a layered effect. In Trouble Again is a good rock and roll tune with sharp drumming by Peter. It's a decent song but nothing special. Where Will They Run is slowed down a bit again to a mid-tempo. It's got a good groove to it and is a decent song as well. I Found Love is one of the best tracks on the album and is very reminiscent of the material found on 1978's Peter Criss album. Though this song sounds very dated with its keyboards, it is very catchy with a strong vocal performance by Peter. There's Nothing Better is a boogie-woogie type of song like That's The Kind of Sugar Papa Likes from Peter's solo album. The title track is a great song with a good piano track and a superb vocal by Peter. Words is another of the weaker tracks on the album--a bit too schmaltzy for my tastes. You Better Run is a passable song except for the background singers; I don't like the falsetto "HIIIIIIDE!!!" that they bellow. My Life is another catchy tune with a dominant piano track. Feel Like Letting Go wraps up Out of Control. It is a nice slow groove with a good performance by Peter on vocals and more orchestration. Out of Control is a surprisingly good album, dare I say even better than Peter's 1978 solo album?! The songwriting is strong, the musicianship is tight and the album has a cool cover.Read more ›
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